General Motors Workers Enter Second Week of Strike

General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant worker Pierre Duhart walks the picket line during the United Auto Workers (UAW) national strike in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., September 22, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
September 24, 2019 Topic: Politics Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: Automotive IndustryGeneral MotorsUnited Auto WorkersLaborStrike

General Motors Workers Enter Second Week of Strike

The car manufacturer still hasn't reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers.


A strike by 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union against General Motors continues for the second week, and it’s unclear when it will come to a stop.

The strike entered its eighth day Monday despite weekend-long bargaining discussions that reached no conclusion, according to The Associated Press. Members of the United Auto Workers union demand fair wages, job security, and affordable health care from General Motors after the UAW’s contract with GM expired Sept. 16.


Entry-level assembly workers are paid about $20 an hour, but the union members demand that number increase to $30 within the next three to four years, as opposed to eight years it usually takes for a raise.

The strike has led GM to close two Canadian factories and could cause GM to close down more in Mexico and Canada if the strike continues longer, the AP reported.

Consumers and workers will begin to see changes within the coming week — there are expected to be fewer cars on dealers’ lots, and workers will begin to feel the stress of living off their $250-per-week strike pay checks, according to the AP.

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